About US

Our Mission

Our mission at Biotrophics is to harness the power of the insect to change global food supply

We believe happy animals are well fed animals with diets that don’t make them sick.

We aim to create strains of insects that will be superior to any on the market by eliminating all limiting factors to insect meal use in animal feeds. This means full replacement of fish meal and lesser alternatives. Our insects will deliver higher protein content, higher digestibility for animals, higher quality.

Meet our team

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Sam Glickstein

Sam has always had a passion for science and environmental issues. His interests have evolved from beginnings in marine biology, to taking an interest in the effects humanity has on the environment. Hydroponic agriculture was his first career interest. After moving to TX to help run a small hydroponic farming company and then moving back to MD to start his own operation, Sam's interests evolved into recirculating aquaculture for its ability to raise high quality seafood on land. 

Seeing as fishmeal was the (unsustainable) main source of protein for raising fish, Sam saw the immense potential for insects not only as a sustainable protein replacement for animals and livestock, but also for humans. 

Biotrophics was born in January 2017 to produce high quality protein sources with minimal ecological impact and use insects as a tool for biotech, medicinal, industrial, and chemical industries. 


Biology, 2012

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Chief Science Officer

Lajos Baranyi, PhD

Lajos has 25+ years in the biotech industry with a special focus in protein and peptide synthesis.


Chief Financial Officer

Stefan Hoenicke

Stefan brings his financial expertise from his experience in corporate banking in Europe and from his time as VP of Citibank, Mid-Atlantic Region.


ADVISOR - governmental relations & Sales

Chris Hlubb

Chris has 15+ years of international expertise in food and aquaculture businesses. He is currently the Managing Member of American Salmon.


ADVISOR - business development & Marketing

Sam Zappas

Sam is a serial entrepreneur with experience in the pet market and ecommerce. He has experience with product licensing and is the co-founder of appbackr